2011 BMW X3
With experts predicting big growth for luxury compact crossovers, BMW is ready with their second-generation 2011 X3. Unveiled at the Paris Motor show, the new X3 is larger than its predecessor, approaching the original X5. The Spartanburg-built X3 will make good use of a pair of familiar 3.0-liter inline-sixes: a 240-horsepower naturally-aspirated unit, and a 300-horsepower turbo.
All-wheel drive and a new eight-speed automatic transmission are standard. Taken all together, the lighter X3 is not only quicker, but also more fuel efficient. Unchanged is the infusion of BMW’s legendary sport sedan handing into a useful utility. Still, BMW did listen to owners and also did their best to tone down the previous model’s somewhat stiff ride quality. We were pleased with the result.
The interior of the new X3 decidedly favors the driver. We found upgraded equipment like fourth generation iDrive and a segment-largest 8.8-inch navigation screen. There is both more passenger and cargo room than before. The 2011 BMW X3 starts at just under $38,000.
3.0-liter inline 6
Starts at just under $38,000